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Oliver Lake: Jazz is a Music of Exploration

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The music itself is incorporating more elements of world music and it's getting more difficult to categorize it. —Oliver Lake on Jazz
Not too many artists today can encompass so many different interests and musical styles within their work as is the case with Oliver Lake. He is a poet, painter, performance artist and also one of the better-known representatives of modern jazz. As a musician, he started his career in the 60's as part of the Black Artist Group, but he is mostly known for his work with the World Saxophone Quartet, a group that has seen unprecedented success for a free-jazz ensemble. Furthermore, he demonstrates his broadly diverse musical interests through fronting bands and formations such as Trio 3, Oliver Lake Steel Quartet and OL Big Band, commissioning works for Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, as well as creating chamber pieces for the Arditti and Flux String Quartets, the Amherst Sax Quartet and the San Francisco Contemporary Players and the music he makes is a reflection of his interests as he explores new avenues of jazz. At the moment he is on tour in Europe playing the music of Eric Dolphy.

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